CFHA awards grants to help abused women

The Perseverance Foundation received a $700 grant to begin further development of their website from the Community Foundation of the Hermann Area (CFHA). “The total cost to complete our website development is around $12,000 but this grant will get us underway. We want to be able to offer online 24/7 access to education to help women who are ready to begin rebuilding their lives” reports Barbara Haddox, founder of the Perseverance Foundation.

The vision for the new website is to connect with women's organizations all over the world to educate, empower, heal and/or teach women. Information would be presented on topics such as how to present themselves professionally, how to restore their credit, how to buy a house with no money down, job skills, self-defense moves and more - the possibilities are endless. 

The Touch of Hope, a program under the Perseverance Foundation, was awarded two $1,000-grants from the CFHA. One grant was funded by the CFHA COVID-19 Relief Fund since domestic abuse has increased during the pandemic and the other award was funded by the CFHA Annual Grant Fund. The Touch of Hope’s purse project offers comfort to women by providing personal items and purses to give them comfort in times of need. “We collect new and gently used purses, fill them with essential items, and distribute them shelters, crisis organizations, law enforcement, and more” said Julie McCollum, founder, and director of the program.

“We are proud to be able to help such worthy causes here in Hermann” said Gary Heldt, president of CFHA. “These women have worked hard to bring comfort to those who have been abused.”

The Perseverance Foundation is a 501 c(3) charity and run by volunteers. The CFHA is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.